Arlene from Israel

Now I’m referring not to the state of the world, but to the state of Israeli politics. I am so often proud of who we are. But now? I would gladly grab hold of certain political shoulders and shake until the heads that sit on those respective shoulders rattled. Where? I want to ask. Where is your devotion to the state and the greater good during these difficult times?

To whose shoulders am I alluding? There is, in my opinion, enough blame to go around. No one that I’m seeing stands up as a leader (or even a potential leader), resolute in his vision, embracing his fellow Jews, and focused on the nation and not his own political future or that of his particular party.

Do I know what’s in people’s heads? Not with any clarity. Which makes posting difficult.


On Friday, the coalition negotiations between Likud Beitenu and Habayit Hayehudi broke down. These are the two parties that should have been natural allies, logical coalition partners.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has secured from President Peres another 14 days in which to form a coalition. President Obama has said if a government is not formed by the 16th of this month, then he will cancel his trip, scheduled for the week after.

Today the prime minister met with Shas. There had been reports that he absolutely refuses to exclude them because of Bennett-Lapid demands. And there have been other, more recent, reports that he told Shas he wants to include them, but that because of Bennett and Lapid, it will be difficult to do so.

Following this meeting, Netanyahu had a long meeting with Bennett, which is being described by members of Habayit Hayehudi as “positive and productive.” There was discussion of the party joining the coalition, although there is at yet no announcement.


I am reluctant to repeat rumors or level charges that are no more than hearsay, and yet I feel I must at this point give my readers some window into what is going on here.

By way of a re-cap:

Fault lies first with Netanyahu who ran a regrettable campaign. The lack of vigor with which he and his party campaigned resulted in fewer mandates for Likud-Beitenu than had been expected and plenty of anger within Likud circles.

What is more, Likud ran a very negative campaign, with the negativity leveled first and foremost against Habayit Hayehudi. This was stupid and counterproductive. There are rumors, which apparently do have some basis in fact, regarding bad blood between Netanyahu and Bennett, head of Habayit Hayehudi, who once worked for Netanyahu.

However, what has been the case, as well, is that Bennett’s posture as an up-and-coming leader in the nationalist camp threatened Netanyahu — who has exposed his insecurities. Compared with the previous strength of the “old” Habayit Hayehudi (aka the National Religious Party), this new incarnation with Bennett at its head was demonstrating great promise in the polls and it was looking as if Likud was at risk of losing voters to Habayit Hayehudi.

Thus apparently did Netanyahu level criticism against Bennett. His hope, surely, was that disenchanted potential Habayit Hayehudi voters would turn to Likud. What I see is that, seeking a new young face, they instead moved over to Lapid and Yesh Atid. Netanyahu bears some responsibility for the 19 mandates Lapid garnered.


Since the coalition negotiations began 28 days ago, there are only two discernable facts we can point to:

First, Netanyahu brought Tzipi Livni on board and gave her an incredible amount of power — Justice Ministry and responsibility for negotiating with the PA — for her six mandates. A very foolish move that I have already described as a betrayal of the principles of many inside the Likud-Beitenu faction and of those who voted Likud-Beitenu.

And then, the partnership, the “mini-coalition” of Bennett (on the right in the picture) and Lapid. At first this was no more than suggested by rumor, but the fact of this agreement has become clear in recent days.

Credit: Zimbio

Bennett says he joined with Lapid only because Netanyahu had treated him badly, not negotiating with his party in good faith and passing over him when others were approached.

Bennett: “for days after the election the Likud refused to speak to the Jewish Home. They boycotted us… we expected to be a natural partner and to be the first to enter the Netanyahu government.” The message he claims he got was, “the religious Zionist party won’t enter the coalition, at any price.” (Whether this was a literal message or the “feeling” he got, he does not say.)

Likud had denied this, saying that Bennett was approached first.

But it’s now clear that this wasn’t so, because Likud negotiator David Shimron said today that, “They are trying to punish us because Bennett’s phone rang after Gal-on’s.” Zahava Gal-on, head of the far left Meretz party. It made the press when Netanyahu contacted her, as well as others, immediately after the elections. This was before Bennett had been called.

Foolish of Netanyahu. Rude. Conveying to the newcomer Bennett a sense of being excluded. But is this sufficient reason for Bennett to have fashioned his current policy as he has? Once he was called, would it have been prudent for him to have moved on rather than attempting a power play?


The two issues that Bennett and Lapid have raised mutually have been the position of Livni and the matter of legislation that would require haredim who are learning in yeshivas to also serve in the IDF or do national service. This second issue has been an enormous hot potato, and I have concern that rigid positions on both sides are causing divisions within the country at a time when we can ill-afford this.

Part of what disturbs me is that I’m hearing that Lapid says he doesn’t want to sit in a coalition with the haredi parties. Although we cannot know what’s being said in closed rooms or hinted between the lines, this stipulation certainly seems more stringent and stiff-necked than saying he would of course sit with them but wants to see them negotiating a compromise on the issue of haredi service. A compromise, even if a modest beginning — a concession that some compromise is necessary.

On the other hand, there are haredi leaders demonstrating no willingness to compromise. They are reported to have said some very disturbing things. One rabbi allegedly said he would rather sacrifice the settlements than sacrifice Torah. That got my dander up, big time. (Translation here: they would sit with Labor.) And then charges against Bennett, who is an observant, kippa-wearing Jew, about his being against Torah.


This business of saving Torah. Oi v’voi. When the nation was founded, the Jewish people had just undergone the Holocaust, and the horrendous destruction in eastern Europe of Torah scholars. Ben Gurion, in a desire to strengthen Torah study — and the population of those studying — within the new Jewish state, structured a plan by which ultra-Orthodox men studying in yeshivas would be exempt from army service. That plan has been retained since Ben Gurion’s time. The haredim have come to see this as an entitlement, and have come to believe — many with great and passionate sincerity — that the mantle of preserving Torah rests with them.

But back then there were hundreds studying in yeshivas and today — thank Heaven! — there are tens of thousands. More studying than has ever been the case. The haredim protest that they are serving Israel as much as those who serve in the IDF — that it is this religious study that guards Israel. Who can say otherwise?

But no one is suggesting that the yeshivas be closed. There are proposals that would defer the age at which these yeshiva students could be drafted. And proposals that say that the finest of Torah students — however they would be identified and however many would be included in this category — would still be exempt, and still be permitted non-stop study. Part of the problem, of course, is that there are multiple proposals with various proponents arguing for what they have advanced.

It should also be noted that there currently are alternatives within the IDF that permit a combination of study and military service, alternatives that must be expanded and seriously developed. I have in mind the Hesder Yeshiva programs and the battalion called Nahal Haredi. There are some haredim who do serve now, and this practice needs to be publicized and encouraged.


There are multiple problems with the current deferment system for yeshiva students. One is that not every haredi man is automatically a scholar who merits the latitude of being exempt from other duties. While there are pious and devoted men who spend long hours in their study, there is a certain percentage of the haredi population that simply takes advantage of that exemption.

Another is the sense within the larger population (and to a considerable extent this is what Lapid represents) that the burden of serving must be equalized. The haredi population must give, in service to the State.

And even beyond the issue of military service, there is the question of their subsequently joining the ranks of the employed and thus contributing to the economic wellbeing of the nation — and, in the process, becoming less isolated and more firmly part of the social fabric of the nation.


It is my own conviction that changes are necessary, but that they have to be made slowly and with awareness of the sensibilities of the haredi community, so as to avoid tearing this nation apart. It is my impression that the IDF is not prepared to accept all of them immediately in any event, if ever.


And there is yet one other part of the equation here that must be addressed, and that is Yair Lapid and his manner of conducting himself. His 19-mandate victory went to his head and he has made some unfortunate statements: Failing to project the humility and the desire to garner experience that we might hope for from someone new at politics, he has presented himself as someone who can come in and change matters forthwith. This is unsettling and suggests the possibility of rash judgment.


There has been a good deal of criticism of Bennett, and talk about what is in his head, that he has held fast to this agreement with Lapid, with whom he hardly agrees on all particulars. Of late, Netanyahu has been working to break apart that mini-coalition, bringing Bennett in, and leaving Lapid out.

What makes it somewhat less likely that Netanyahu can succeed is this:

Four key rabbis of the Tekuma faction of Habayit Hayehudi have now come out supporting Bennett’s agreement with Lapid. Tekuma, please understand, came from National Union, which is to the right politically; Uri Ariel, Bennett’s second on the list and the one who has been doing negotiating for the party, is from Tekuma.

Rabbis Dov Lior (a big name), Haim Steiner, Isser Klonsky and Haim David Halevi have released a letter that they sent to Bennett and Ariel:

“In the light of updates we have received from MKs and members of Jewish Home, and taking into account the media stories on the matter, we wish to ‘strengthen the hands’ of the path Jewish Home has chosen, as it works to preserve the world of Torah and the communities of the Land of Israel. We support the cooperation with Yesh Atid and with Yair Lapid.”

Interesting…”to preserve the world of Torah and the communities of the Land of Israel.”


Here is the situation for Netanyahu:

In spite of enormous pressure on Shelly Yachimovich of Labor, she refuses to join the Likud-Beitenu coalition because the factions are too far apart on basic issues. Pheww!!

He does not want to alienate the haredi parties. But he wants a coalition.

Thus, he may have to take both Bennett and Lapid, without Shas and United Torah Judaism (UTJ). That would bring him 68 mandates or 70 if he brought in Kadima.

Or, if he can draw Bennett away from Lapid, he can include Shas and UTJ with Bennett for 67 mandates or 69 with Kadima.

In either event, I would say he will have to restructure his deal with Livni, even as he retains her party in the coalition.

My prediction is that we’re on the cusp of a resolution here. What we will still need to watch, even after resolution, is which party is granted which portfolios. If he does lure Bennett from Lapid, what he offers Habayit Hayehudi will be a big part of the story.

Another major part will be the selection of Defense Minister. This will tell us a good deal about what Netanyahu intends and how secure he is.


Sincerely do I hope I have helped my readers to wrap their heads around a crazy and complex situation, and not simply caused confusion. Hopefully, in my next post I will be able to turn to other matters.


Are You Listening?

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

Today’s lesson in priesthood quorum had to do with listening to the Holy Ghost; but not only listening, acting upon the promptings given. It’s a little like getting a job and then finding out the boss expects productivity in order to get paid; some of you were saying to yourselves, “I knew there was a catch.”

A friend of mine shared a recent experience to illustrate the point. He’d come home from work and noticed his wife and pregnant daughter sitting together on the sofa watching television earlier in the afternoon than normal. The idea came to him, “Should I ask my daughter if she’d like a father’s blessing so she would be at peace and not worry about having the baby?” The thought came and went as he found she’d been having contractions during the afternoon; but the contractions had ceased, a false alarm.

A short while later the promptings came to him again, “Ask you daughter if she’d like a father’s blessing;” but the idea came and went without taking any action. In the middle of the night his daughter started having contractions, more serious this time, and went to the hospital to deliver the baby.

My friend bowed his head and explained, “It was too late, she was already having the baby. I knew I should have acted when I first heard the promptings; I’m guilty.” (As with the television show Dragnet, names were omitted to protect the innocent.)

How many times are we given an opportunity to do things the Lord’s way; but for some reason or another we put off the promptings of the Spirit? Hearing isn’t enough; we have to act.

Another friend chimed in, telling how he’d started off the day with the idea that he needed to get a set of jumper cables to keep in his car; something we all should have and yet it wasn’t a pressing issue. That evening his wife called; sure enough, she was stranded and needed a jump off. My friend had to enlist his neighbor’s help because his jumper cables were hanging in the garage instead of being in the car where they would have done some good.

It reminded me of a short story written by Lewis Padgett many years ago, What You Need, about a very specialized curio shop. Thinking of this gave me an opportunity to find the old collection of stories sitting on my bookshelf, under the title, A Gnome There Was, and indulge a little time reading these wonderful old Sci-fi meanderings.

In the story, an inquisitive journalist wondered about the goings on at a small shop that catered to the wealthy and prominent and yet didn’t appear to have much to offer, at least not from anything you could see inside the establishment. He observed a variety of objects leave the store; but these items didn’t appear to have any specific value, not that a person of means would require.

The sign in the shop declared, “We have what you need,” and the proprietor, having endured an endless stream of questions from the young man, finally offered him a chance to partake of the service, at a greatly reduced rate, payable upon satisfaction along with his promise not to return again. It would only cost him five dollars; too good to pass up, what would it be?

After leaving the shop with package in hand, he found it was a pair of scissors with instructions to keep them with him at all times that day. He wondered if they were significant, some historically important pair of scissors that belonged to a famous person at one time, or if he’d been scammed as he placed them in the pocket of his jacket.

Later in the evening, after having had too much to drink, he visited the newspaper office where his scarf got caught in the machinery at the presses. Each click of the huge cogs took him closer to a life ending situation. Had it not been for the scissors in his pocket to cut the cloth… but how did the old man know what would be needed? I won’t spoil the story for you; go read it for yourself.

It’s not my purpose to confuse Sci-fi with the promptings of the Spirit; but it made for an interesting train of thought this morning while the lesson was in progress.

We all have the opportunity to have the Spirit of the Lord play an active role in our lives. It requires obedience to the commandments along with a willingness to live in such a way as to become one of his disciples. The more we are in tune with the Spirit the more easily we recognize the still small voice which prompts us.

Often these promptings are about simple things like saying, “I love you” to your wife at just the right moment in order to let her have a wonderful feeling. Other times it’s to tell you to put a set of jumper cables in the trunk; go figure.

It’s not enough to hear the message; action is required within a timely manner. Are you listening?

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”


Anti-gun hysteria in schools is definitely out of control. Florida HS student suspended for disarming potential shooter.

By: Nelson Abdullah
Conscience of a Conservative

The hysteria practiced in our schools today over anything involving or even suggesting a gun has hit a new high point in a Florida high school. While some children as young as 5 or 6 years old have been suspended from school for pointing an index finger and saying “Bang” while playing “Cops and Robbers” or even for drawing a picture of a gun or anything that resembles a gun, suspending a student for stopping a shooting is totally asinine. It points out that some schools, and this one in particular, places a higher importance on avoiding a gun than on the importance of saving a life. Could these liberal educators be afraid that the act of saving a life would be misconstrued as promoting heroism since their only school safety policy involves running and hiding? Is it more important to a liberal educator to allow a shooting incident to happen to further the anti-gun cause? It illustrates the absurdity of Zero Tolerance and having Gun Free Zones in our schools. If saving the life of a high school student is not a heroic act worthy of commendation then how are schools going to protect the lives of the children when they punish someone for doing just that? The 16-year old student at Cypress Lake High in Fort Myers, Florida was suspended for three days after he disarmed another student who was pointing a loaded gun at someone on a school bus. The suspected gunman was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Dept. and charged with possession of a firearm on school property and assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, the report states. The student who disarmed the gunman was suspended for being involved in an “incident with a weapon”.

As reported on The Blaze web site:

High School Student Disarms Gunman…Gets Suspended?

Mar. 2, 2013 10:12am Madeleine Morgenstern

A Florida high school student wrestled a loaded gun away from another teen on the bus ride home this week and was slapped with a suspension in return.

The 16-year-old Cypress Lake High student in Fort Myers, Fla. told WFTX-TV there was “no doubt” he saved a life after grappling for the loaded .22 caliber revolver being aimed point-blank at another student on Tuesday.

“I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there,” said the suspended student, not identified by WFTX because of safety concerns. “Not taking no pity.”

The student said the suspect, a football player, threatened to shoot a teammate because he had been arguing with his friend.

Authorities confirmed to WFTX the weapon was indeed loaded, and the arrest report stated the suspect, identified by WVZN-TV as Quadryle Davis, was “pointing the gun directly” at the other student and “threatening to shoot him.”

That’s when, the teen told the station, he and two others tackled the suspect and wrestled the gun away. The next day, all three were suspended.

“How they going to suspend me for doing the right thing?” he asked.

The school’s referral slip said he was given an “emergency suspension” for being involved in an “incident” with a weapon. Lee County School District spokesman Alberto Rodriguez said in a statement that “If there is a potentially dangerous situation, Florida law allows the principal to suspend a student immediately pending a hearing.”

Perhaps the school officials would prefer to remove the word “gun” from all of the books they use including the dictionaries. Perhaps they might consider suspending students from using derivatives of the word “gun” in conversations. Consider a student describing his new car to a friend telling him how he felt when he “gunned” the engine. School officials have been teaching a rewritten version of American History for years where the Colonial Patriots in the American Revolution are described as terrorists. How better to confuse the young minds to the actual terrorists today. Liberal educators are predominantly Democrats and show great bias toward any form of patriotism. Especially the use of guns to secure our freedom.

My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.


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Prepping Idaho: Zombie Apocalypse – UFO Alien Invasion Exercises Conducted by FEMA

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton


I just want to know if Idaho has lost her ever-freaking mind. I would laugh at this except I know it is not a joke and in reality what they are practicing for is societal collapse and civil unrest. Gee, I wonder whose bright idea this was? Surely it has the approval of Governor Otter who seems to have shifted to the dark side. He is signing Idaho up (along with the majority of Republicans in this state I might add) to accept Obama’s health care exchange and in return, Idaho gets millions. I am sure Otter’s 30 [million] pieces of silver seem a great boon to him; to the patriots of Idaho, it is more like treason. Once the state door is open to these Progressive vampires, they go all out. The latest invited in is evidently FEMA.

Yes folks, FEMA will hold a Zombie Apocalypse/Alien Invasion drill in Moscow, Idaho on April 27th, from 9 am to 5 pm with 100 goons and/or dupes participating. This is a full-scale exercise. Guess what? I may go see this for myself. Moscow is full of good people. I almost moved there. I know they don’t condone this farce of a pretense. I wonder why they picked Moscow? There’s a university there, but it is a small town. Boise would have been the logical choice, but I don’t think logic has anything to do with this.

There are 2 scenarios: mass casualty and a rope rescue. All Latah Co first responders and nearby counties will be participating. CERT will be assisting in the EOC and other duties as deemed necessary.

Mass casualties? From what? A blizzard? Flooding? Neither of those are likely at all. More likely, mass casualties from civil unrest and the Obama administration clamping down hard on the area. I find this very disturbing. Maybe there’s a “logic” to it after all: Moscow is a small town, off the beaten path, with a pool of willing, uh, “participants” to recruit for such an exercise. Doing this in a larger venue might attract press, remote small-town Idaho, not so much.

Hey, any excuse to practice shooting at unarmed citizens, right? The government is using citizen target profiles to practice with as well, while buying up all the arms and ammo they can get their evil hands on. They are also stockpiling food and medicine. I’m sure this is all just a coincidence – not. If FEMA and the CDC were truly concerned in prepping for emergencies to ‘protect’ civilians, they would go about it seriously. Instead, they are practicing on how to take us down in case of an emergency, while trying to sell it as humorous. Look at the funny government! Don’t pay attention to what they are really practicing for. I seriously doubt it is Zombies or Aliens. The government thugs and our local leaders make it seem sooo silly, that no one will take it seriously (at least they hope that is the case). They want everyone to view it as entertainment, like a movie and not real. Do they really think we are that stupid? Why, yes they do. It’s like reality TV, without the reality or the TV.

While the nut cases and the conspiracy theorists will thrill to this, you should be thinking in real terms. For instance, if the economy tanks, which is VERY likely, the government knows there will be riots and violence. They are preparing for how to quell these events. Which is why the choice of Moscow, Idaho has me confused. The Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls/Hayden area is close and much bigger in population. So, I will have to keep noodling on their choice of cities. Perhaps it is a county/regional thing. In which case, those in Moscow need to be asking some hard questions of their leaders.

I would really like to know what Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have to say about this. I would also like to know what Congressmen Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson have to say. I don’t care if it is their area of the state or not – this affects all of us.

The person organizing this at FEMA is Sandy Rollins. Here is her contact info at Citizen Corps (that creeps me out all by itself – or as Obama would say: ‘Citizen Corpse’):

County Coordinator
Latah County
PO Box 8068
Moscow, ID 83843

(208) 883-2265
[email protected]

Nothing makes much sense anymore. We cuddle with the Muslim Brotherhood and support terrorists and tyrants. The US is broke and we are gutting our military, but we can send fighter jets to Egypt. We are supposedly protecting the homeland, but we release over 2000 illegal immigrants, many with violent records with a promise that they will check in. We leave our borders wide open. We are redistributing our wealth to nations all over the planet, while running FEMA drills across the country for reasons that just don’t make sense. Unless of course you include civil unrest and martial law in the equation. And possibly war. All this while our leaders are trying to disarm us and nullify the Second Amendment and the Constitution itself. Do the revolutionary math.

Believe it or not, most people aren’t bothered by all this. They just think it is the government running drills and is normal. It is not normal folks. Not at all. And the costs have to run into the many millions if not billions. How can we afford this, especially since it is unnecessary?

There are military drills being run all over the country now. Tammy Bruce reports there have been drills in LA. I’ve seen reports on Houston, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Phoenix and the list goes on and on. These drills included helicopters and repelling military into the heart of cities. All I can say, is trust your gut. This will not end well.

The government is prepping Idaho — maybe reminding us we’re not out of reach? — as part of its overall plan for the US and her citizens. Believe me when I say that it has nothing to do with Zombies or Aliens (well, maybe illegal aliens). Something wicked this way comes, folks. And it’s not cute. And it’s not theater. It will be very real. Life-and-death real.

Note: The web page has now been taken down from the FEMA web site, citing that this post (on a Sunday) caused so much negative response, it had to be removed. I’m just a blogger on a backwater blog asking questions about stuff that doesn’t seem right. You never know what question is going to start a storm.